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Development of Cavitations

Panoramic x-ray image of cavitationDefining Cavitations

Cavitation is a common condition, although most people do not know about it. Generally, it refers to a hole that develops in the jawbone and contains dead tissue. The condition is also known in other words as jawbone osteonecrosis. When broken down, “osteo” means relating to bones while “necrosis” refers to a situation where most cells in an organ or tissue die as a result of injury, infection or lack of blood.

Occurrence of Cavitations

A 1996 study on the occurrence of cavitations found that of all the extractions sites assessed, 77% had cavitations. The researchers also found out that the back teeth were the most affected, especially the wisdom teeth, with 90% of the studied found to contain cavitations. The front teeth extraction sites were also affected but not as much as the back ones.

How Oral Surgeries Cause Cavitations

A tooth extraction procedure isn’t always simple and straightforward; sometimes it can be complex and risky. Though little known, one of the risks associated with this surgical procedure is that it can result to cavitations. In fact, a recent study published in 2014 on jawbone osteonecrosis found that oral surgeries were the main cause of 32% of the cases studied.

One of the things that lead to cavitations after oral surgeries is the failure to remove the periodontal ligament. The ligament is what connects the tooth and the bone. If this tissue is left behind, the bone that surrounds it does not register that the tooth no longer exists. Therefore, the jawbone continues to function as if everything is normal and hence does not grow new bone. In addition, blood continues to flow, and this can be a pathway for infections.

The other thing that can causes cavitations during the extraction procedure is the removal of the teeth without treating the underlying problem. In most cases, adult teeth (apart from wisdom teeth) are more than often removed due to a disease, either infection or deep decay. By extracting the tooth, you only address half of the problem and not the entire issue. Therefore, when new tissue grows, it seals the pathogens under it where they multiply and cause cavitations.

Cavitations and Chronic Diseases

In most cases, people do not become aware they have cavitations until they have developed chronic diseases. Research shows that jawbone osteonecrosis can contribute significantly to inflammatory diseases. Different studies have linked cavitations to various health conditions such as cancer, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and lupus.

Cavitations Treatment

Jawbone osteonecrosis can be treated by reopening the extraction site, cleaning it, and disinfecting it. Therapies are also important in the treatment process and can help heal the whole body.

Prevention of Cavitations

Cavitations that occur as a result of oral surgeries can be prevented. One of the ways is by following the biological approach when getting a tooth removal. In this case, let your dentist know about your concerns regarding cavitations and ask him/her to remove the periodontal ligament. Alternatively, you can find a qualified who knows the value of this critical procedure, such as Dr. Paige Woods (call 619-359-6569 for a free consultation).

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What You Need To Know About Cavitation

The majority of individuals who have undergone through a tooth extraction process tend to have phantom pain. In most cases, they might feel the pain in the tooth adjacent to the extraction region.  Even with the help of technology such as MRIs, X-rays, and CAT scans, professionals are still unable to identify the cause of the pain, and the general assumption is always nerve damage. While the idea of cavitation has been in the dentistry field for many years, many dentists are not conversant with the disease, and they don’t know how to cure the disease.

What is Cavitation?

cavitation diagramCavitation is the hole left in the bone, usually the gap that remains once a tooth is extracted. It might be caused by the latest removal or one that was done a few years ago. However, cavitation is mostly brought by the extraction site that didn’t heal well.

How do Cavitations Occur?

Wrong cleaning of the removal region can lead to cavitation. The work of the ligaments is to hold the teeth in the sockets. When these tissues are not taken out during the tooth removal process, the bone will not be filled well, and this will leave a gap in the bone in the jaw region. Once this occurs, the healing procedure is interrupted, and cavitation occurs.

Why are Cavitations Dangerous?

The cavitation holes can trigger the flourishing of bacteria that can release debilitating toxins.  According to the recent findings, the toxins tend to be extremely neurotoxic, which implies that they can impair the normal functioning of important body systems. The harmful toxins achieve this by deterring the absorption of proteins and enzymes hence disturbing the functions of cellular. This process will contribute to, or induce some diseases.

Any contamination in your mouth must be taken seriously since the space between the brain, and the infection is too small. Cavitation can cause osteonecrosis or dead bone substances in the jaw. People with this condition will suffer from nerve pains in the face, head and head, and even in the whole body.

How Can You Prevent Cavitations?

Preventing cavitation comprises the removal or proper modification of initiating, predisposing, and risk factors. There are modern equipment, items and innovative application that might enhance the prevention and cure process and improve the bone regeneration procedure.  Numerous questions remain unanswered, and more studies are conducted to perfect the prevention and treatment of cavitation. Many people are getting relief from systemic and local signs, ailments and pain through surgical cure of cavitation.

What to do When You Have a Cavitation

An ideal cure for this condition is surgery. This process aims to clear all dead materials left during the extraction of the tooth. The process cleanses and disinfects the affected areas. Talk to Dr. Woods  if you want to know more about cavitations – 619-359-6569.